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  • Bruno Dumont – L’humanité AKA Humanity (1999)

    1991-2000Bruno DumontDramaFranceMystery

    When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions–because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident–investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.Read More »

  • Bénédicte Liénard – Une part du ciel AKA A Piece of Sky (2002)

    2001-2010Bénédicte LiénardDramaFrance


    Every day Claudine toils on the production line in a food-processing factory, but as a union leader, she works even harder to get better pay and working conditions for her fellow employees. The days of strong unions are in the past, however, and Claudine senses her union is losing its clout. When Joanna, a friend in prison, needs her to speak up on her behalf, Claudine hesitates, knowing it will diminish her reputation and undermine her role as a union official. In her feature film debut, director Bénédicte Liénard offers a provocative political tale without sacrificing humanity or style. As a social drama with a human face, A Piece of Sky strikes out against injustice. —Blaq Out
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  • Jacques Doillon – Rodin (2017)

    2011-2020DramaFranceJacques Doillon


    On the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, Jacques Doillon delivers a useful educational tool for the armchair traveler too lazy to go to a museum. Or read a book. “Rodin” could also be watched as prep work before going to the Musée Rodin, a partner in the film’s production. What it’s not so good for is a cinema audience expecting more than a plodding two-hour lesson in the artist’s life. Given Doillon’s recent films (“Love Battles”), one could have imagined this would have more flesh pounding than clay kneading, but no, his “Rodin” is a meticulously reverential, handsomely lit and very dull biopic about the 19th century’s most revolutionary sculptor. Given the artist’s cachet among culture vultures, it’s likely some art houses will book a limited run, but reviews won’t be positive.Read More »

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